Iodine & Iron
- Iodised salt came to India in the late 1950s
- Today, 80 per cent of India uses iodised salt, which has reduced the incidence of goitre
- Fortifying salt with both iodine and iron can help fight another widespread condition—anaemia
- Double fortified salt, or DFS, could prove to be a game-changer in the fight against malnutrition
- But if the fight against anaemia is to succeed the government has to ensure that more than just a few big salt-makers get the technology for making DFS
The introduction last month of double fortified salt (DFS)—containing an iron supplement in addition to the usual iodine—brings a new edge to the fight against malnutrition. The use of iodised salt has considerably reduced the incidence of endemic goitre; double fortification will extend the fight to anaemia. Using DFS for cooking can meet much of the body’s iron requirement and (except...